Montini Catholic High School drama students are celebrating another successful Spring Musical. This year's chosen production 'The Boy Friend', held performances on March through March 4.
Montini's version of the musical, a light romantic spoof of the 1920s musical comedy, by Sandy Wilson, was directed by Dr. Diann Matheson and performed by members of Montini Catholic's Theatre Department.
Taken from Music Theatre International (mtishows.com
): The Boy Friend tells the story of English heiress, Polly, who is longing for only one thing: a boy friend. Polly's father, convinced that any boy who isn't wealthy will court Polly strictly for her financial situation, forbids her to engage any potential suitors. Honoring his wishes, Polly explains to Tony, the messenger boy with whom she's fallen in love, that she is no rich girl. This is just the tip of the mistaken identity iceberg, as love proceeds to find its way charmingly through nearly every member of the cast and bring them all to a happy ending.
Senior, Abby Wolf, portrayed Polly. "It's really weird that this is my last show at Montini," she said. "Montini Theatre has been such a huge part of my life for the past four years." Abby has had roles in four Fall Plays and four Spring Musicals during her time at the school. (Montini produces two plays each year.) "I'm walking away with some really good memories that I'll have for the rest of my life."
A lot of time and commitment goes into ensuring a successful theatrical production with drama students working between two and three hours every day after school and weekends require as much as ten hours of rehearsals. "There's times when it's really stressful," admitted Abby. "But getting to perform in front of a crowd makes it all worth it." She added, "The feeling i get on Opening Night is one of the best I get all year. It's really fulfilling knowing that all the time and stress and energy you've put into a show is about to pay off."
Senior Jake Oostdyk played Tony. He also has eight productions under his belt during his time as a Montini drama student. "It's very bittersweet having it be my last show," he said. "It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I will miss it dearly."
"I am happy that every minute of practice for the musical paid off," said senior Ivan Felty, who played Lord Brockhurst in the play." Adding, "From staying late on weekdays to rehearsal on weekends, I feel like I put everything I had on the stage. I am sad that I am leaving this year, but I am proud that I can look back on my performance and smile!"
Junior Kailey Ryan, who played Maisie, is looking forward to returning next year to Montini Theatre. "It is really a blast to be able to spend time with my friends to put on a great show!"